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Explosions heard off Crimean coast, eyewitnesses report fire on ship

Explosions heard off Crimean coast, eyewitnesses report fire on ship Photo: explosions were heard off the coast of Crimea (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

This morning, February 14, explosions were heard off the coast of the temporarily occupied Crimea, and smoke was seen in the sea. Eyewitnesses report that the explosions were caused by a fire on one of the Russian ships, according to Krymskyi Viter Telegram channel.

The activity of several ships is noticeable in the sea, and a submarine is visible next to them. The loudest explosions were heard near Simeiz and the village of Katsiveli.

According to eyewitnesses, at least two helicopters were flying over the sea near Simeiz and Alupka.

Residents of southern Crimea spotted a Russian Ka-27 helicopter near the village of Foros. It is designed for search and rescue flights.

What happened before

On the night of December 26, 2023, the Ukrainian Defense Forces in occupied Feodosia in Crimea destroyed the Novocherkassk aircraft carrier of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. According to the Commander of the Ukrainian Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Mykola Oleshchuk, this large enemy landing ship was hit by cruise missiles.

Later that day, satellite images emerged of the Ukrainian Armed Forces strike on Feodosia Bay. In addition to the large landing ship Novocherkassk, another vessel partially sank. According to media reports, it was an old training ship, UTS-150.

On the night of February 1, fighters from one of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine units destroyed the Ivanovets missile boat of the Russian Black Sea Fleet with MAGURA V5 marine drones. The cost of the ship is 60-70 million dollars. According to a representative of the DIU, AndriI Yusov, Russia had three such ships in total.

Read more about the destruction of the ship in RBC-Ukraine's report.